Boynton Beach police warn residents of IRS scam after 72-year-old woman taken for $12,000

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - The Boynton Beach Police Department is warning residents of an IRS scam that is targeting seniors by claiming that they owe thousands of dollars in back taxes.

On Monday, police met with a 72-year-old woman who said that she had received a phone call from a man who claimed to be with the IRS and said she owed taxes and would be arrested if she didn't pay immediately.

Police say the woman went to several stores and bought 24 Green Dot prepaid cards valued at $500 each for a total of $12,000. She then called the man and provided him with the card numbers.

Police say when the man called again and asked for an additional $12,000, the woman realized she had been the victim of a scam and called police.

Police are urging residents to talk to their family members, especially seniors, and remind them that the IRS will never call you and ask you for money.

Boynton Beach police offer  the following tips:

* If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1-800-829-
1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue – if there really is
such an issue.

* If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for
example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described
above), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax
Administration at 1-800-366-4484.

* If you’ve been targeted by this scam, you should also contact the Federal Trade
Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at Please add "IRS
Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint.